Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo

An Australian bred soft leaf buffalo with a soft, broad leaf. Ideal for low light lawns.

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Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo

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Product Description

Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo is perfect for prestigious sites that require a broad leaf lawn grown in a shady environment. Use it in show gardens like botanical gardens, buildings of importance or university courtyards.

Product Guide
Botanical name

Stenotaphrum secundatum ‘Kings Pride’


Shade tolerance is moderate to good. Will tolerate up to 60-70% shade. NOTE: No grass will grow well in heavy shade.

  • Mow every seven to ten days in the hot months; every three to six weeks in the cold months.
  • Mowing height: 20mm-50mm if grown in full sun, 50mm-70mm if grown in part shade.
  • Sharpen mower blades frequently.
  • Allow growing to maximum length during the cooler months to maintain colour and vigour.

It is essential that instant turf is laid on moist soil. Once laid, it’s important to water the turf in to prevent it from drying out. Watering should wet the sod and the top 30-50mm of soil. The turf needs to be kept moist over the first few days after laying.

After the root system is fully established, water thoroughly only when required. Once every seven to ten days during warm or hot summer weather (more often on sandy soils), and much less in cooler months.

Remember that infrequent, deep watering promotes a healthy lawn by encouraging the knitting of the turf sod to the soil. Over-watering can encourage excessive growth, disease and root rot.

Guide to watering your new lawn
  1. Root initiation and development – typically the first week
    The turf may require watering three times a day for the first week, depending on the temperature, relative humidity, and wind.
  2. Soil/root system establishment – typically the second week
    Water every second day, and every day if hot and dry, to keep the turf moist.
  3. Third and fourth weeks
    Water less frequently, reducing to twice a week by the fourth week. Only water more on hot and dry days.
  • For best results use a slow release fertiliser three times per year (early spring, mid summer and late autumn)
  • In the heat of summer avoid over-fertilising or using manure-based products
  • If you need a quick green up, use a liquid fertiliser that is high in nitrogen to promote a lush green lawn
  • Do not use weed-and-feed fertilisers unless otherwise stated on the product back panel

Sprays containing Dicamba must not be applied.


Kings Pride Soft Leaf Buffalo is offered all year round however, it is best installed between September and April.

Available in Small rolls only.

Purchase and establishment during the winter months (or unseasonably cold weather) is not ideal and carries certain risks and challenges such as:

  • Slow establishment of a new root system
  • Deterioration without direct sunlight and if kept saturated
  • The grass is dormant – it will not be active and will lack green colour.
  • Difficult to sustain or recover from repeated use.
Leaf structure
  • Internode length: 19.1mm average
  • Leaf width: 8.4mm average
  • Leaf length: 16.5mm average
  • Leaf colour: Green RHS 137A and 137B
  • Evergreen to moderate dormancy depending on local conditions
  • Broad leaf structure, soft to the touch
Root structure

Extremely deep rooted
Will tolerate moderate salt levels


Top dress with fine washed sand after installation. Approx. 1 cubic metre to 100 square metres.

Thickness of sod

Approx. 25mm



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